Category Archives: Blogger – School-Age Programs and Service Committee

Taking Things Apart* (*No reassembly required.)

We enjoy making things in the Children’s Room.  Catapults for rubber band balls and elaborate paper airplanes. Colorful chemical reactions. Louise Nevelson-inspired shadow boxes. Hand-sewn pillows stuffed with lavender.  Even sushi and super delicious doughnuts topped with cinnamon sugar.  But … Continue reading

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Host a Babymouse and Squish Program!

This past summer, my library hosted a Babymouse and Squish party, based on the graphic novels by Jennifer and Matthew Holm. It was incredibly fun to put together and a great way to not only highlight these two fabulous series, … Continue reading

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LEGO Mindstorms for Tweens (Or How I Had to Give Myself a Crash Course in Robotics)

At my library, LEGOs are perpetually popular. We host a LEGO Contest at least once a year with a continual level of success. Also at my library, we are currently focusing on new technology initiatives to enhance our programming. Thus, … Continue reading

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Camps: The New Trend in Summer Reading

This summer at the Fayetteville Free Library in Fayetteville, NY we piloted our first ever week long summer camp during Summer Reading. The Fayetteville Free Library Geek Girl Camp is a camp for girls in grades 3 through 5 introducing … Continue reading

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Summer Partnership with Somali Students

Tukwila WA is one of the country’s most diverse cities. In part, it’s a hub for many Somali immigrants who attend mosque, visit the local ethnic shops and restaurants, and find support at the Somali Community Services Coalition (SCSC).  SCSC … Continue reading

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Passive DIY Programming for Tweens

I’m always on the lookout for hands-on passive programming that will keep my tween audience engaged during the summer. Simple paper crafts, scavenger hunts, and guessing jars are great for the younger folk, but this age group is savvier and … Continue reading

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Library as Art Gallery

It’s a sad but well-known fact that when school budgets are tight, art is one of the subjects that’s first to go. Fortunately, there’s nonprofit organizations like Art in Action, who bring high-quality, curriculum-based art education into schools that need … Continue reading

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Starting the School Year Off Right

At this point of the year, all of us are in the midst of planning how to make our summer programs come alive to help avoid the summer slide and along comes someone who wants to talk about getting ready … Continue reading

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